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Old 04-19-2011, 03:54 PM   #1
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How hard to remove/replace brakes for painting?

I'm about to replace my rotors and pads. Want to paint the calipers while I'm at it. Would like to take them off, then clean and paint them off of the car. Easier to paint, and therefore better result I would think.
How much PITA is the removal, install process compared to just coat hangering them and doing my best to paint? Consider that I can delete the masking off everything process.
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Old 04-19-2011, 04:00 PM   #2
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Search for replacing rotors and you should be what it takes to get the calipers off - from my memory not that big of a deal... You can also look on RealOEM.com to see how they are held on.
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Old 04-19-2011, 06:42 PM   #3
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I have not changed my rotors and pads yet on my e46. But on average cars, in order to change the rotors and pads, You have to take off the caliper. I am assuming that it would be same for e46 also. People Correct me if i am wrong.
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Old 04-19-2011, 08:06 PM   #4
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Well, I can correct you...I have replaced pads and rotors without removing them. I am talking about completely REMOVING them from the car, not just swinging them up and out of the way. I probably wasn't clear enough, sorry.
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Old 04-19-2011, 09:29 PM   #5
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you disconnect the hard line from the rubber line, plug the hard line, and you're done...just look for stainless steel brake line installs...that's all you need to do isn't it?
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